Daily Devotional: Psalms 146:5-10
5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, 6 the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them--the LORD, who remains faithful forever. 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, 8 the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. 9 The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. 10 The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.
31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I recently had someone tell me that they were serving God about 90% but they wanted to put God first in everything – 100% - all the time. Is God pleased with anything less than our all? But do any of us really put God first all the time? Do we put his will ahead of our own in every situation? Are we fooling ourselves into thinking that God is first when in realty our own desires are what drive us?
Jesus gave us an example of putting God and his will ahead of our own. He trusted the Father, even when it went ahead of everything he felt or wanted personally because he knew it was right. He said that the will of the Father was his will. He prayed in the Garden: “not my will, but your will be done.” He taught his disciples to pray: “your will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven.”
As we pray that God’s will be done and not our own, we must trust him enough to actually obey him. We are to obey him as our father. We obey him in our family relationships. We comply with his will in our jobs, in school, in our neighborhood and in our business dealings. We are his and we must trust and obey all the time.